Free Access to Bikes for Secondary Schools pilot

Cycling Friendly Secondary Schools are taking part in a pilot fund in 2021/22 academic year. Funded by Transport Scotland, this pilot provides access to bikes for young people who don’t have one.

This pilot project, funded by Transport Scotland, is working with 36 secondary schools across Scotland to fund bikes, including adaptive bikes, to enable independent travel to/from and outside school.

Funding will provide bikes, cycle training and maintenance lessons with tailored support accessed through the Cycling Friendly network of delivery partners and community organisations. This pilot fund is an additional offer to the grant funding available to Cycling Friendly Schools.

It provides a widened criteria to enable a Cycling Friendly secondary school with existing or planned cycling activities to provide bikes for children who don't have a bike for their personal use.

Project updates are due and updates will be published on our website.

What is the pilot?

The Free Access to Bikes for Secondary Schools pilot is one of a number of pilot projects announced by Scottish Government to offer free bicycles for school age children. As part of a series of commitments delivered by the Scottish Government within its first 100 days, the pilots will test delivery models in urban and rural locations, across primary and secondary schools across the next 12 months and will be fully evaluated by Transport Scotland.

How can bikes be sourced?

The Free Access to Bikes for Secondary Schools pilot provides funding for a range of procurement options available from local bike shops, bike recycling organisations and charities as well as upcycling and reallocation of existing school bike fleets. The pilot encourages a circular economy approach and advice and support is available to match schools with bike suppliers to maximise benefits for the local supply chain.

Who owns the bike?

The Free Access to Bikes for Secondary Schools pilot will enable schools to test a variety of ownership and loan models to ensure the best model works for the school and young person requiring a bike. Bikes can be transferred to the ownership of the young person or provided as long-term bike loans, as best meets the respective need to ensure inclusion and accessibility. One to one advice and support will be available and provided to schools.

Please contact cyclingfriendly@cycling.scot if you would like further information or have any queries regarding this pilot project.